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The the world can be a cold and unforgiving place sometimes.

Ms Houston has had her fair share of glory's glare but has
doubtless also stared into the darkness of the abyss.
That her instincts have not always been a reliable guide is
evident in a career which has, to my ears and eyes, never
seen her quite comfortable in her own skin.

Slave to the 80's dancing-disco-diva-machine; the
tight squeeze of Hollywood in the 90's; the lacklustre
last two albums 'My Love Is Your Love' and 'Just Whitney'.

One of the great voices of our time needed a whole
lot more nurture than both the industry and her
more fickle devotees were prepared to give her.

Finally that voice has found a home.
'I Look To You' is a revelation.
It is the recording she was born to make.

It is crucial, if you have not yet heard the album,
that you disregard observations that her voice is no
longer a worthy instrument. That she reaches for those
stratospherically high notes less often is eminently
sensible for a singer approaching her autumnal years
with dignity. The tone has deepened; the middle and
lower registers now carry the weight of both dynamic
power and expression. It is gloriously unforced.

She has chosen some great songs for her renaissance.

Two of the finest torch-songs of her late-flowering
are here. Mr Kelly's marvellous 'I Look To You' and
Diane Warren's 'I Didn't Know My Own Strength' are
both given blisteringly heart-felt emotional performances.
Hard but beautiful truths.

Up-tempo energy isn't lacking either : Mr Russell's
'A Song For You' is given a treatment every bit as
good as her account of Ms Lennox's 'Step By Step'.
It is a stomping and storming highlight.
So too the wonderfully funky gospel energy of 'For The Lovers'.

That Ms Houston is back is good reason to celebrate.
Nothing to apologise for and certainly nothing to forgive.
After all these years this is the real deal.

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on 26 August 2009
It's finally here, Whitney's first studio album in nearly 7 years and thankfully it's a very solid album. They said they were going to keep the music true to Whitney and not to conform to todays music gimmicks and for the most part, they have achieved this. The album is very 'Whitney' but obviously has an up-to-date sound, probably achieved mostly through the use of the best producers of the moment. These include Swizz Beats, Danja, R.Kelly, David Foster, The Underdogs, C 'Tricky' Stewart, Dianne Warren, Stargate and Akon.

Overall the album is very balanced and well rounded with a good mix of up-tempos, mid-tempos and ballads. The first single 'Million Dollar Bill' is an up-tempo feel good track and is not a bad way to start of the album but it is far from the best song. The best ballad on the album is without a doubt 'I Look To You'. There is a real sincerity in Whitney's voice and the track is very moving. The Danja produced up-tempo cuts 'Nothin' But Love' and 'For Lovers' are really very good, especially 'For The Lovers' which builds up to a highly energetic chorus. Great stuff. Other stand out tracks include the Stargate produced 'Call You Tonight' which is a fantastic mid-tempo similar in style to Jennifer Hudson's 'Spotlight' only better. 'Salute' is a ballad with bite, dealing with the breakdown of a relationship.

Overall, the album is very positive, tasteful and of a high quality. Whitney's voice has changed since we last heard her but it is still undeniably Whitney. The album is Whitney from start to finish and there aren't really any tracks that should have been left out. It's definately a must have for Whitney fans, shes finally back and in a better place than she has been for years. Its also worth buying if you haven't previously bought any Whitney records as it is contemporary enough to be appreciated for that reason. The music is much better than what anyone else is putting out at the moment. A great musical effort (",)
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on 26 July 2011
I'm no musician or music guru but this is a brilliant come back album for Whitney; the first 5 songs differ from each other in style but are fantastic...I would like to see at least one of them reach to No.1 in the charts; she gives a beautiful tribute to all her family and friends who have supported her in one way or the other on the back of the album cover...but more especially she gives all that she has to God; Well done Whitney, keep going as strong as you have become and don't give in to the negativity that tries to invade you but give in to the love that evidently surrounds you!!
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on 11 October 2015
This is my favourite Whitney Houston album it contains my all time favourite Whitney song 'I Didn't Know My Own Strength' where its very clear that Whitney is singing about herself, this is such a sensational album and Whitney's voice hasn't changed one little bit it sounds better than ever. Million Dollar Bill is a fabulous way to open the album, I Look To You is just classic Whitney every song on this album is glorious I bought this album on the day of release in 2009 and I listen to it on a regular basis. Never Give Up was recorded during sessions for this album but it never made it on to the album originally and it finally got released in 2012 another song titled 'If You Loved Me So Much' has never been released but was recorded for this album along with the duet version of the title track 'I Look To You' with R Kelly this wonderful album is a must have item for every Whitney Houston fan it sadly proved to be her very last studio album as she did have plans to begin recording her 8th album in 2012 but she sadly died before she could begin sessions for it. I miss you so much Whitney xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx.
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on 20 February 2010
The songs are great, very inspirational. It's like she has never been away. Wecome back Whitney, God Bless.
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on 13 October 2014
I love this album from Whitney Houston before she passed, it shows that if you have a true gift it never leaves you. No matter what is going on in your personal life. Whitney has her usual ballads back to her roots.
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on 23 February 2012
This is vintage Whitney at her best. All those reports that others have made saying this does not match her earlier work must be hard of hearing. Sure, her voice has changed,given the challenges she has faced, anyone's would, but she is still remarkably Whitney and only she could have the gift for pulling this one off. The tracks are current and leave all those rapp artist left looking very inadequate. This lady can and always will be head and shoulders above the so called superstars of today. They should listen to how it should be done. Buy this album-it really is a joy to hear.
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on 20 November 2009
I love this CD....most of the songs were great the second time round. To be honest, the first listen was a bit disappointing as it is nothing like the old Whitney. However, once i got over that and just accepted that her voice has changed, I began to embrace her new voice and the songs really got me hooked.

I am surprised that her songs don't get more air-time in the UK - except million dollar bill - which I actually don't really like. There are much better songs on there which i think would do much better if people knew about absolute favourite is "I look to You" - such a powerful song - why don't they play that one on the radio? has anyone heard it played? I also love "Salute" - that song is so relevant and current...would definitely do well - imho.

Other songs that grew on me include: "Didn't know my own strength" - the words are very heartfelt; "Like I never left" with Akon - has a nice feel to it, quite Akon-like; "For the lovers" is good as well as "I'm a call you tonight" which have a kind of grooving feel to it. I didn't particularly like what they did to "A song for you" and there seemed to be a song missing - as I never heard "Worth it".

So all in all, this album would be a 5 out of 5, but because i can't help but compare her to the old Whitney, I give it a 4 (which is kind of unfair, as compared to anyone else, it would be a great album)
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on 7 June 2012
I got this after Whitney Houston died and wasn't sure of it to begin with. But, most of the tracks are super to listen to. Some of them seem very personal to her own life, and listening to it after her death, feels personal to me.
I would definitely recommend this, and I listened to it in my car for weeks following her death.
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on 9 July 2015
A very chilled and brilliant album with exception of the first track I thought Alicia keys could have wrote better song for Whitney, but Whitney's voice makes up for it with the cool average tempo Nothing but love and the beautiful ballad I didn't know my own strength, makes up for it.nit her strongest work but still a very enjoyable listen and a few tracks to get you on the dance floor.
highly under rated but I strongly recommend this.five stars
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